Especially to those whom we have admired and looked upon. They have certainly made a mark on our lives and inspired many individuals. And sadly, we have lost another star – Chadwick Boseman, lovingly known as Black Panther who was an inspiration and a very lovable star icon in the Hollywood industry.
Chadwick Boseman was born on 29th November 1976 in South Carolina to an African- American couple. He was a graduate of Howard University, Washington D.C., and got his degree in `Fine Arts in Directing’ and got into The British American Drama Academy.
He was a part of many stage productions in some classics dramas like- ‘Breathe’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Bootleg Blues’, ‘Zooman’, and ‘Willie’s Cut and Shine’. Indeed, he was a great actor. He also directed some stage productions and a short film ‘Blood Over A Broken Pawn’. His famous direction was Deep Azure.
In the mid-2000s, his career got a kick start and made a name for himself by starring in crime drama-Third Watch. He was also a part of daily soap opera – All My Children. After a few years of spending in the T.V. industry, he got his first-ever break just 12- years ago. Unbelievable Right? The stature this star icon earned was just 12 years back in this movie industry. The movie industry respected and loved this inspiring a lot. His first-ever major role was in 42- Biopic of Jackie Robinson. This biopic was a story about how an African- American breaks all the racial barriers and becomes a legendary baseball player in the 20th century. This role was very close to him.
He was starred in movies like Draft’s Day, Get On Up and God’s of Egypt.
After that, he got a chance to play an iconic role of ‘Black Panther’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He played that iconic role in movies like Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther (his standalone movie), Avengers- Infinity Wars (2018), and Avengers: EndGame (2019).
He played the role so comic-accurately that the hard-core Marvel Comic fans instantly loved with his role and the way he portrayed his character.
Black Panther- His Iconic Role
Black Panther cemented his status and was ought to be a ‘magnetic screen performers of his era’.
Also, the Black Panther movie was the biggest cultural phenomenon in Hollywood’s history because it starred predominantly black cast. It grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide and broke most of the box office records, including the highest-grossing by a black director. It goes on to become the ninth highest-grossing film of all time.
Moreover, this has been Marvel Studio’s first film to be nominated in Oscars for best picture. But the movie receives Oscar awards for Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design.
Last year, Boseman took his first producing job in 21 Bridges. He also was a part of this movie. The movie was an adaptation of Netflix August Wilson’s “0Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.
We all know the fact that nothing in this world is forever, and we have to accept this with a heavy heart that Chadwick Boseman A.K.A. King T’Challa is not with us anymore. In 2016, he was diagnosed with 3rd stage of colon cancer which progressed through stage 4. The films from Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and several more were filmed when he was undergoing his surgeries and chemotherapy. This shows how much he was committed and loyal to his work. He took his last breath on 29th August 2020 having his family beside him.
He surely won many hearts by his work and by his personality.
Authors: Varnika Narota, Subhasmita Nayak, Ojas Singh